Like gems studded on a crown Mahabaleshwar has beautiful destinations under an hour away around it which in themselves are weekend getaways making Mahabaleshwar a holiday destination perfect for a long holiday. Panchgani and Wai are located towards Pune from Mahabaleshwar and Tapola and Kas Pathar is located towards Satara while Pratapgad is towards Mumbai from Mahabaleshwar.
Kas Pathar located about 70 kms from Mahabaleshwar during the months of Aug-Sept transforms itself into a valley of flowers and shoots up in popularity. A must visit during a holiday in Mahabaleshwar during these two months Kas Pathar is located on the ring road that connects Satara to Mahabaleshwar via Bamnoli and Tapola.
Pratapgad fort and hastkala kendra is located 18 kms from Mahabaleshwar. MTDC runs a Pratapgad darshan bus service from Mahabaleshwar during the tourist season.
Tapola - Mini Kashmir
Also known as the Mini Kashmir of the west, Tapola is a 25 km drive away from Mahabaleshwar. 'Shivsagar' boat Club in Tapola is very popular for motor boats and scooter rides amongst water sports enthusiasts. Tapola is also the base for Vasota jungle trek.
Wai & Panchgani
On the way to Mahabaleshwar from Pune there are two beautiful destinations, one an iconic village Wai and Panchgani the twin of the Mahabaleshwar just 18 kms from Mahabaleshwar. Wai is a rustic hamlet 30 kms from Mahabaleshwar almost symbolic of a village in Bollywood with many recent popular movies having been shot here including 'Dabangg' 'Gangajal' and 'Swades'. The Table land is the primary attraction in Panchgani.